While showing the wife how to properly tend to the stove in my absence, I inadvertently made the biggest explosion EVER IN THE HISTORY OF COAL BURNING
I was telling her where to set the air inlet dial on the Mark III, after I had loaded it to the brim with coal, and let it sit with the ash door open to get a good bed burning. I said to her, "do you know what that is set at right now (how many turns out)? Do you know how to find out?" She said no, so I proceeded to show her .... with my face about 3" from the glass. No flame showing, & a bright glow in the pan .......
It was open 1-1/2 turns, so I turn it in & say, "half, one, half ....." BOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
Just as the dial was completely shut, I saw a flash of light & my hair blew back (and I don't have much hair, mind you!
), & the biggest cloud of ash in the history of mankind enveloped my basement!!
My wife almost had a heart attack!! After she shouted, "HOLY *censored*!!!!" at the top of her lungs, I could hear either pieces of coal, or pieces of my chimney falling back down the chimney!!
Was a hell of a show, let me tell ya!! WOW!!